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Everyday life
Sun, 24 Feb 2008 08:49:20

Since I so deftly sidestepped the proceedings of my arrival in the last post, we save ourselves from having to read boring subjects like the mad, mad, mad! driving behaviour of the local traffic participants and we can go straight to the description of the drudgery that is everyday life.

I'm glad to be able to report everyday life in Nepal isn't the same as everyday life in Sweden. I'd be very disappointed and very shocked at the same time. The language spoken around these parts is noticably different, as is their way of pronouncing it. Also they drive on the left here. Which in Nepal is more a rule of thumb than an actual rule.

They drive like maniacs here you know. Maniacs! Luckily the roads, other traffic participants and the overall style of driving doesn't let them move very fast, which might be the reason they drive like this in the first place. I don't know, this is one of those egg and chicken things, which my mind fails to satisfactionally resolve.

sleeping cabbies
sleeping cabbies

Recent events have alleviated this pedestrian's nervous gene somewhat: the shortage of fuel which plagues the country. I've heard one theory, but this is all hearsay mind: The government keeps the prices artificially low. The country isn't that rich however, so the government also controls the gas flow to gas stations. Only at certain times are cars allowed to tank, which makes the lines at the gas station considerable. See the sleeping cabbies from the picture.

But there's more going on at the moment. One of today's headlines (yes on Sunday) reads: '43 tankers of fuel enter capital, 156 more tankers enter Nepal'. The reason that this is news is because normal transport is blocked at the moment. There's a lot going on in the lowlands of Nepal, the Terai. There's a lot of unrest and rebelling groups are blocking fuel transport to the rest of the country. And people in the highlands follow the movement of the oil ships like a hawk.

So the last refuelment window was a while ago, and yesterday the streets were quite empty. Me and some guys had to go to from Patan where i live to some place in Kathmandu at night. However the people that have cars have no fuel left. Public transport isn't really something the state concerns itself with, so on the streets it's open war for either an empty cab or those mini- minibusses which have room for six, but now (magically) for ten. Eventually we managed to manhandle ourselves in a cab. As we drove of a guy shouted desperately to the driver: 'come back after you're done'. Fat chance.

Well it seems like the big cities are gonna see some new fuel in the foreseeable future. And that's good for them, but for me it looks like there are again some dangerous times ahead.

Hmm.. I drifted off a bit it seems. But if I can muster a bit of concentration and willpower, a description of day to day life in the next episode is definitely in the cards. If anybody is interested of course. Which at the moment seems questionable cause the blog this post is supposed to be on isn't even in existence.


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